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Dark Matter is a 2.5D side-scrolling survival horror game, set in a derelict spaceship besieged by a sinister alien presence, and infested with deadly parasites. As the Ensign, you must explore fetid hallways and abandoned facilities, scavenging for parts and blueprints, expanding your arsenal to up to four deadly weapons and freely...
Date de parution: 17 oct 2013
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Dark Matter is a 2.5D side-scrolling survival horror game, set in a derelict spaceship besieged by a sinister alien presence, and infested with deadly parasites. As the Ensign, you must explore fetid hallways and abandoned facilities, scavenging for parts and blueprints, expanding your arsenal to up to four deadly weapons and freely customize each to fit your combat style against intelligent, reactive enemies. Dark Matter delivers a hard-hitting take on the survival horror genre in deep space, with a heavy emphasis on tactical combat and exploration.

Story


Out of breath, you run into the door, slamming against its cold metal surface. The clicking of scuttling claws recedes into the distance, swallowed by the pitch black oblivion behind you. You know better than to feel safe. There are too many infested at your back, and another blank metal door ahead. With a quick reflex you check your ammo supplies, and slot a fresh magazine into your shotgun. With a quicker prayer, you flick the switch and open the door. The metal jaws open on endless night you don’t dare pierce with your flashlight, not to disturb those things that live in shadow. By the pale bioluminescence that washes up from the floor grates, you piece together the picture of a corridor, and what could be a stretch of exploding pods. Just beyond, the silhouette of a fully grown crawler stirs.

Grinning in the dark, you turn on the weapon’s flashlight, and point it straight down the corridor. Predictably, the blisters swell up to full irritation, ready to explode at the slightest touch. The crawler turns to hiss at you, instantly aroused by the light, and your presence. In your mind’s eye, it dumbly rushes forward into the blister pods to kill itself, saving you precious ammo.

It takes a precious moment to adjust to reality when the sleek shape crouches and jumps towards you instead. There is time for just one panicked shot before the inevitable flight, as you run for your life, barely keeping ahead of the claws slashing for you. In a moment of adrenaline-fuelled inspiration, you slam the wall panel as you retreat past the chamber’s door. The heavy, powerful mechanism smoothly slices the crawler in half just before the critter can reach and disembowel you. There is no time to congratulate yourself, as you hear a familiar hissing from above...

Key features:

  • 14 levels in a gritty tale of deep space survival
  • 4 weapons, and 4 ammo types. Elemental ammo effects that allow you to freeze, dissolve or set fire to your enemies.
  • Three craftable upgrades to customize your weapons.
  • Collect scrap and alien resources to craft your own tools and health packs.
  • Invest in the weapons and upgrades you prefer, develop your own combat techniques.
  • Non-linear exploration and storytelling with complex enemy AI that reacts to the player’s actions and tactics.
  • Light and darkness are integral parts of gameplay, not just visual touches.
  • Uncompromisingly real-time lights and shadow casting for spine-tingling moments of pure, darkness-fuelled terror.
  • Clean, hand-painted textures and custom shading techniques are combined in a unique visual style.
  • Dynamic soundtrack that adapts to gameplay circumstances.

Configuration requise (PC)

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2.4 GHz or better)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 compatible videocard, 256 MB nVidia or ATI graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or 8
    • Processor: Intel Core I5 or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce 460 series or better, Radeon HD5450 or better; 512 MB or higher
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space

Configuration requise (MAC)

    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.5 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2.4 GHz or better)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 compatible videocard, 256 MB nVidia or ATI graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.5 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core I5 or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce 460 series or better, Radeon HD5450 or better; 512 MB or higher
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space

Configuration requise (Linux)

    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 10.04 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2.4 GHz or better)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 compatible videocard, 256 MB nVidia or ATI graphics card
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 10.04 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core I5 or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce 460 series or better, Radeon HD5450 or better; 512 MB or higher
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
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36 personne(s) sur 42 (86%) ont trouvé cette évaluation utile
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The game which was pulled off the Steam store the day after I bought it because it turned out to be pretty much incomplete. Yeah, I don't recommend buying this. Even if it now has an ending, the game is still not very good. Clunky controls, poor animations and repetitive gameplay make this a VERY hard sell. If you can get it at a "throwaway money" discount then maybe give it a chance, but it's definitely not worth the full asking price. It's just not very good on top of all the clandestine nonsense which went on when it first popped up.
Posté le : 28 mars 2014
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4/10
"Where is the promising atmosphere/game?"

Dark Matter could've been a great sci-fi 2.5D sidescroll shooter adventure, but it just isn't.

Pros:
+ nice graphics
+ nice lightning
+ okay sounds
+ the idea

Cons:
- the implementation
- movement & shooting is clunky
- bad alien character "look"
- missing atmosphere
- camera perspective too close
- no spoken/audio logs
- look of the interfaces
- story absolutely didn't catch me
- have a look in the forums (before buying) ;)

I just don't want to play any longer, although I am big sci-fi & sidescroll shooter fan!
Posté le : 19 juin 2014
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45 évaluations
1.6 heures en tout
Dark Matter
I was a Kickstarter backer for this game and even though it failed to make its funding the game found its way to Steam. Before it went to Steam though I was sent a copy of the beta (v14) because I was one of the backers on Kisckstarter.

I picked up Dark Mater on Steam when it went on sale and installed it to see how it would be and I was eagerly awaiting this game.

I would classify this game as a Metroid type game. Its definitely a side scroller shooter. There is 3D depth to the game and the storyline is pretty good.

I was really impressed with this game during the Kickstarter campaign and followed the development of it. The developers put allot of effort into the game and ti make a telling story for the player to enjoy as they played.

I played this game with the Xbox360 controller. The game store page says its partially and fully compatible with the controller and for the game play the controller is good. I have found that the menu screens aren't good for controller use and end up using the keyboard and mouse for this. I don't know why its like this but the controller is a pain to use when your in the menu and inventory screens.

Overall this game did have a bad launch wit its poor ending leaving everyone disappointed. I have played quite a bit of the game, first with the beta then on Steam and I have failed to find any improvements over the beta v14 to the version released on Steam. However the game is fun to play and I do like it, after all I backed the game and bought it on Steam.


Pro's
  • Worth it when its $2.99 or less
  • Plays good
  • Interesting Story

Con's
  • Controller use on menu's and Inventory screen
  • Bad launch
  • Regular price is to high ($14.99)
  • No developer improvements
  • Game is as-is



I give this game:
:first_star::first_star:
Posté le : 14 août 2014
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While this game gets very negative publicity and was pulled off Steam for a short time through its abrupt ending I decided to give it a try.

Conclusion:
It isn't a bad game and at least worth a price of $5 / 5€, as it keeps you entertaining for some hours.

But it really has some issues coming along. And thats not the abrupt ending, as with its generic story it doesn't really matter at which point the game is over.

Instead there are small problems in all parts of the game. The controls are lagging in some way. There are some graphically glitches. The maps also have some bugs. No music (or at least none that keeps in mind).
Posté le : 29 mars 2014
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Game still felt unfinished... Great concept, could have been so much more!
Posté le : 4 juillet 2014
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The chilling introductory narrative was what really drew my interest in the game, but indeed like many reviews say, it's sadly not a particularly good game. Most of this has to do with it being incomplete; what you do have is a bit light, if shallow, in substance and ends rather abruptly before it gets anywhere particularly interesting and memorable.

With another year or two in development, this would have really come around to be a good, memorable title. It set the stage for an engrossing sci-fi horror story. I was most impressed with the narrative. I was drawn in. Almost enamoured. But overall I felt rather let down, even after the ending sequence was later added to the game as a free update.
Perhaps they can give it another shot in the future, or this would translate better as a book.

Alien design, sound, and visuals - was all fairly average. But I won't really get into it - upon some reflection, I don't really know if this is even worth reviewing, considering it's not clearly not a finished, or ready, product. And with that said, it's probably not worth buying or spending time on. It's a real shame I am saying this.

If you haven't already, stop and take a moment to enjoy what I consider to be the best part about this game - the opening cinematic trailer, right here on Steam. Then move on and look for something else.
Posté le : 22 janvier 2014
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